“Surfaces reveal so much. The marks painters make reveal so much about their work and themselves; their sense of proportion, line, and rhythm is more telling than their signature. Looking at the surfaces of nature may offer equivalent revelations. What do these shapes and patterns reveal about the world and their creator? Surfaces hide so much…” – John Paul Caponigro
I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of macro photography and bringing the ordinary things in life; mostly overlooked because of their miniature size, to the fore and showing the incredible beauty of things unseen.
The way light plays and the patterns presented, all part of a magical world often neglected.
With this series I wanted to bring to life these shapes and forms…
“Indifference is isolation. In difference is texture and wonder.” – Edwin Schlossberg
“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.” – Annie Leibovitz
That being said, I find it hard to believe that people still don’t see photography as an art form in this day and age…
The word photography after all means “painting with light”…the instrument might differ; and in a photographers case, might be more on the mechanical side of things…
I had a guy come into the studio the other day…casually looking around and as he was browsing around looking at some of our work…made a statement that prompted this post today…
“I don’t consider photography to be an art form, to me it’s just picking up a camera and pointing it in the right direction, pushing the button and the camera will do the rest in documenting the scene…”
Fair enough, so I casually pointed over to two of my framed pieces on display….the one being a double exposure on film and the second a triple exposure on film. Explaining to him what process was followed in capturing those….
He then carefully backtracked and tried to retract his previous statement saying perhaps he’s generalizing and that not all photography can be categorized under the same misguided perspective…
My point being, that for someone to truly understand and appreciate photography and what we create, think about what goes into an image and what we’re trying to capture. There’s choice of camera, choice of lens, choice of format, choice of depth of field, choice of movement, choice of subject, choice of lighting, time of day, subject matter, how to compose said subject, colour tone, flare, angle of view, filters….the list goes on and on and on and that doesn’t even touch on the choices one has in post production!
So I hope I’ve shed some light on the matter and I’m sure fellow photographers would agree, appreciate and respect the energy, passion and time we share daily as essentially we sharing a part of ourselves just like any other creative person or artist out there.
Love for Light, I am Drawn to Light
So every photographer gets asked and would be able to relate to the following…”So what is it that you take photos off?”
Well…the answer is simple if you anything like me…Everything!!!
Photography is not just my career but also my passion and how I express myself.
So it’s no surprise that I tend to shoot and document everything, including the things that I don’t always feel like capturing but need to in order to keep bread and milk on the table…a reality to all artists.
So my answer usually, I love travel and capture landscapes, and if I could make a living off of capturing just that…I would 🙂
However until such point I’m happy to share my perspective and passion for both subjects freely. Herewith my favorite selections of landscapes for you to enjoy
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore,
“As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
― Pablo Neruda
So for those of you who know me; you’d know that besides my obsession with photography and documenting everything and anything around me, I also have an insatiable wanderlust and I’m constantly drawn to travel further and wider
Constantly expanding my knowledge and experiences
Traveling isn’t just much needed soul food for me, it’s also an opportunity to broaden my perspective and teach me more about other people and cultures but also ultimately about myself
Recently I had the pleasure of exploring our beautiful neighboring country and was surprised at finding so much more than I ever bargained for…
Traveling seem to do that!
From showing me the breathtakingly beautiful beach sunsets, to the heart breaking memories of a war that still linger in silence.
The contrasts are always stark and exactly why I love traveling and will continue exploring…So I’d like to take you on a visual journey sharing my two week exploration with the first a series B&W photographs of the people.
Nothing defines a place quite as much as the people, their energy and life force literally brings a place to life and is also one of the aspects I like capturing on my journeys.
So sit back and enjoy and as always your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Mighty Monk visited the Drawn to light studio for some product shots. here are a few behind the scenes shots.
Yesterday we did a bit of testing in the studio for some conceptual stuff we are planning to shoot
Here are a few of the test shots.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Recently we had the chance to experiment with a Profoto ring flash, my friend the lovely Olivia Scholtz was kind enough to come and model for me and help me test it out.
Here are a few of my favourite shots that we got, along with some other lighting setups.
We were lucky enough to attend the Le Kap – lifestyle fair 2017
It was a really great event check out our the photographs showing some of the interesting stuff they had going on, including a fashion show and an equestrian competition.
Latest fashion shoot with the beautifully talented Tiffany Laya Freeman
For this shoot we kept it casual and jumped between the high key and low key studio for the different modes.
High Key backdrop and natural window lighting provided by our 4m x 6m soft box front of house, provided the softest light with still a lot of warmth for the first colour images
Then we created mood for the series of Low Key shots to follow, using moodier lighting, B&W conversion and low key back drop for added contrast and impact
For more information about Tiffany check out her Boss Model portfolio and check out of some of the work she’s doing as a yoga instructor & all round health conscience light being.
Follow her on Facebook – Laya
Here is a short clip which we put together from some behind the scenes shots with Sinead Thorpe, a talented model from Boss models in Johannesburg, showing us her skills at the Drawn to Light studio while we tested some ideas and equipment. We had a fun time and got some great shots If you would like to see the photographs then you can follow this link http://wp.me/p41gmL-1GI
Do check out the video below!
For this particular shoot our client ABB approached us to come and capture their latest addition to their global offering, the ABB Traction Transformer facility inaugurated only last month adjacent their headquarters in Longmeadow Johannesburg.
After they won the contract to supply the local industry with traction transformers to help power trains and support South Africa’s growing railway network and further strengthening ABB presence and ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility in Africa.
With the shoot taking place in an factory environment we had a couple of factors to consider before commencing with the shoot.
All in all client was ecstatic with the end results and our images got published internationally to showcase the launch to the rest of the world wide audience.
For more information check out the link below…
Some of our favorite shots from the day….
So as the season changes and we tend to start our yearly hibernation for winter as the cold gets unbearable…
Some exciting news and something to keep you warm and fit through the next couple of months…
The launch of Jump Gravity, South Africa’s Newest Indoor Trampoline Park – Opening June 2017 at Bedford Centre.
To get you excited and jumping for joy…here’s some of the latest imagery we shot for their launch campaign.
For more information check out Jump Gravity on Facebook or check out their website www.jumpgravity.co.za for the latest on their official launch.
So earlier this year we had the pleasure of shooting The Dapper Toad Winter range as part of their 2017 campaign.
We hosted the shoot at our Drawn To Light Studios and manage to capture the majority of their 2017 ranges in one go.
Playing around between our High Key Studio for a brighter/fresher feeling and a moodier more contrasty effect in our Low Key studio.
We managed to capture a range of photos ranging from some editorial, catalogue and product shots with client ecstatic with the final results…
The call went out and the industry answered…
And we were there to capture all the moments and excitement that goes along with it…
Some of the highlights of the evening
As the butterfly starts its journey from a small unidentifiable little dull egg, it follows a process of metamorphosis.
From an idea, to the process of conceptualizing and forming, to the chrysalis or pupa where the idea is incubated into something that finally reveals itself into the breathtakingly beautiful and full colour creation.
I wanted to take that process and apply the concept to a fashion shoot, showing the process that we all go through to make our own daily break throughs to find that enlightening moment we all constantly seek.
The moment when we break through the set constraints of our monotone lives and see the beautiful colours of life that surrounds us.
Likewise we constantly have to go through the process of transformation and break through the clutter of daily life to smell the flowers and see the colour they bring forth.
So with the help of the talented Sinead Thorpe we made the scene come alive and shed some light on the matter and this was the result…
Tired…broke…exhausted…injured…stiff…tyre ripped and changed…car problems…ticket transfer mishaps and one hell of a long road and journey later including food poisoning (Thanks to De Aar 24 Hour KFC siffness),
But my spirit is filled 🙂
Filled with Magic!!!
Like the dust that syphon into every crack , every inch of my existence…
Opening my eyes, showing me the world through heart shape glasses.
Helping me rekindle the magic, seeing the reality yet again through the innocence and love of a child…
My inner child!
My eternal gratitude to everyone and every experience, memory, lesson, affirmation that magic is well, real and certainly alive 😉
Never will I doubt…
Never will I forget!
Always will I return…
For this is my Afrika Burn 2017, my gift to you
Love, Light and of course Magic!
People always comment on our lifestyles as photographers and videographers and how it’s so amazing to live a life where you capture beauty and interesting things on a daily basis.
The truth is that the way we see and document life you sometimes also have to capture the things that make you think and sometimes breaks your heart…
This documentary certainly opened our eyes to the ongoing discrimination that’s still rive in rural communities and shed some light on some of the issues the LGBT community still face.
As part of the Smoking Dragon Festival we were commissioned to also capture the LGBT outreach program and workshops as part of their community program in association with the Proud Initiative.
As part of Smoking Dragon Festival the Pink Tent Initiative had a strong presence where some of the best local talent performed under the rainbow stage raising awareness of the LGBT community and the various issues they face.
Here are some some of the people and their stories that touched our lives…
The greatest reward is when your clients grow with you as a business, or in this case when you as a small business grow with your clients…
In this case our first and one of our most loyal clients The MediaShop
Recently we had the pleasure of not only witnessing but documenting their entry into a new era when they moved to setup shop in their brand new offices on the Main Straight.
The excitement on the day was electric and with activities ranging from the stock standard ribbon cutting officially opening the building to The MediaShop employees that have never before seen the new premises, to a drumming circle to build some team moral, to an amazing race challenge to explore their new surroundings all hyped by the outside broadcast courtesy of Hot 91.9
We of course had to keep it creative and conceptual and when we were briefed to document and cover the events of the day we suggested something a little different. Tasked with such a big event we felt that we had to create something special for all the clients and suppliers who weren’t lucky enough to make it to the official opening to be featured on their website.
Our suggestion was taking the age old boring virtual tour and flipping it on it’s head by taking the viewer through the office with all of the employees playing out a dramatic mannequin challenge.
The results, an amazing tour through their new home with familiar faces decorating each and every corner.
We hope you like and enjoy the tour and we wish The MediaShop the best of luck in their new home…
So after so much hype and anticipation the Cosmopolitan 2017 search for the Sexiest man in South Africa came to an end with Mr December taking the honours this time round.
A huge congratulation goes out to Tiro …. the winner of this years competition and SA’s Sexiest man for 2017!
The evening as you can well imagine featured some of SA’s hottest men doing their best to entertain the crazy girls of Jozi that came out to support their nominees. Dressed to impress and with sponsors like Gordon’s Gin, Opel, Glamglow and Guess the atmosphere was a buzz with excitement.
Amanda Du Pont and Smash kept the crowd on their toes throughout and with a surprise performance from Timo ODV the celebrations continued well into the early hours of the morning.
Here’s some of the highlights from the night…
This Sunday we visited the BMW Pure and Crafted event which was quite something , we only caught one or 2 bands and checked out a few bikes we will definitely try check out this event again in future.
“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another?
We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Photographing people for me is a search for their essence and really getting to know the person to capture those moments when they’re able to see themselves in their own photographs
So when a friend approached me to help her shoot a portrait for a conference where she’ll be presenting to 700 top business executives in Sweden next year, the search was on.
The brief, something professional yet edgy, sassy and playful yet serious at the same time but not too serious not to look approachable…simple enough right…
These were the results
So last year around this time the talented team from Formative approached me to shoot a show at The Dome…”We’d like you to shoot Cassper tomorrow night”…
So thinking nothing of it I scheduled the gig and then received a call the next day asking if I’d like to come do a scout and get a better idea of the lighting setup before the show…
It’s only at this point that I realised my initial assumption that I was booked to shoot stand up comedian Casper De Vries, that I was totally off point…And man was I in for a treat and huge surprise at the fact that not only was this one of the biggest but also most spectacular live shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending
With lighting and stage production that not only matched but surpassed majority of the international acts visiting us from abroad, it didn’t take much to convince me to shoot Cassper’s “Fill up Orlando”show this time round…
If you haven’t had a chance to watch the video, do yourself a favour and see exactly what you missed last weekend round…
So if last year wasn’t an absolute surprise…this year had it own set of surprises, ranging from artists popping up out of the stage for surprise visits, a rotating diamond platform centre stage, LED and light panels lifting up and down to continually changing the stage, and 2 storey high flames just to name a few…
Herewith some of the highlights from the night…
The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) recently moved into their new offices in Sandton and to celebrate decided to host investors and clients and treat them to two exclusive cocktail parties
Drawn to light was there to capture the events and ensure every moment and memory was captured for future recollection
Some highlights over the two nights..
So with silly season in full swing we’ve been rather busy and thus the lack of posts recently…
However, we’re quite excited to share some of the exciting things we’ve been shooting once it’s ready to release…watch this space
In the mean time some photos from the last corporate function we shot at the exquisite Val Bonne Country Estate
Heart Fm & MediaMark hosted various agencies for the day and put their cooking skills to the test for the Heart FM Agency Cook off
With advertising folk spending so little time at home it was quite a surprise that they manage to prepare anything other than a microwave meal…And boy were we surprised and amazed at the amazing dishes they came up with and so were the judges
The judging panel included Heart Fm’s very own Dj Suga, celebrity chef Darren Aldon O’Donovan from Cube Tasting Kitchen and they were assisted by Loret De Musso and her team from Lorets Kitchen to ensure everything went off without a hitch
Well done to Team 2 from Mindshare who walked away with first price for their delicious Chicken Korma
Some of the highlights from the day…
“New Music Preview” is a brand new platform for local House , Hip Hop & RnB artists, It will be a monthly event happening on the first Friday ever month at Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg at Nelson Mandela Square.
This months event took place on Friday night featured some great artists.
We are lucky enough to have an excellent team of professional video editors but sometimes we also like to play and test things ,This particular video is the result of a set of experiments that we have been conducting with video lighting and editing.
So with Spring in full swing and October right around the corner, we start looking at raising awareness around serious issues with Breast Cancer taking the spotlight this time round
Hard Rock Cafe and Imperial Motors wanted to make heads turn and so decided to wrap three of their beauties in Pink, and these certainly drew attention
We were lucky enough to capture these early one morning at the iconic Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton
So wether you take your top off or just keep it flashy, we can all take note of the suffering of those around us and perhaps just by having a little more compassion and understanding make a difference.
So support Breast Cancer Awareness month this coming October
Mixology – the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks
So it’s that time of year again for the Annual World Class Mixology Competition and this time round our local Jozi boy Dominique Walsh walked away with the South African title and was chosen to represent and make South Africa proud in Miami
With years of experience and co-founder of Molecular Bars which has changed the way people see and consume their cocktails, the international competitors have their work cut out for them!
Good luck Dom and no matter what happens we’ll know you’ll make us all proud
Herewith some of the best mixes from last years competition…
Gone are the days that cocktails only appeal to the sense of taste 😉
Drawn to Light is proud to show one of our most recent creative collaborations with Erin Frost who is a talented graphic designer and artist to create this amazing animated gif, more to come soon.
“Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way…” Alice in Wonderland
And The March Hare was anything but common.
When you find a place that leads you down the rabbit hole without any fear, but know that it almost certainly leads to fun and excitement to the max…then you know you’ve found home 🙂
You’ll be sorely missed but looking forward to the new and exciting things Dom and the team from Molecular Bars are working on…Watch this space!
And who knows, you might just end up in yet another Wonderland and perhaps get to meet Alice…
Whoever that might be 😉
Keepin it real with Chey Jah Eye-Rah Crompton and Dead Reck Crew
Can you dig it!!!
Yes you can 😉
This beautiful macrame jewellery is all hand made by a very talented designer Bronwyn Sherman, using precious metals like gold combined with different strings that are all knotted in decorative ways to show off the particular piece.
If you are interested in getting a piece they must be made ordered. firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the overwhelming response we had to our Oppi Koppi posts this year, we thought it would be a good idea to feature some of our earlier work where we managed to capture some international talent and some of the best local talent.
From Die Antwoord with Ninja and Yolandi capturing the worlds attention with their crazy antics, to Chevelle, Joav and Sonique and Tori Amos sharing her heart and sorrows through her melodies.
Not to forget about South African talent featuring local acts like Boo, Cassper Nyovest, Jimmy Niven, Mandoza, 340ml, Double Adapter and Hog Hoggidy Hog.
Herewith a compilation of the best work from Gavin and myself before Drawn To Light was even an idea…
Enjoy, and as always your feedback is appreciated
So when our talented jewellery designer friend Minette Arlow asked us to capture some of her amazing pieces we didn’t hesitate and with complete creative freedom managed to capture some amazing shots
Here’s our take on it and go check out her work on Facebook Minette Arlow Jewellery
For the love of food
With good lighting and solid concepts the world is your oyster and the sky’s the limit 😉
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
― Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle
And at Drawn To Light we’re all about finding the essence of anything and everything we shoot
Taking the status quo of average day-to-day imagery and turning it on its head to make for more thought provoking photos and video
“Performance art is about joy, about making something that’s so full of a kind of a wild joy that you really can’t put into words.” – Laurie Anderson
Some more images capturing the gRRR Kollective sharing their magic and spreading the love with the masses at Oppi this year.
Happy Monday and a friendly reminder to “Save the Unicorns” 😉
So with all the excitement of the Olympics and our athletes causing quite the stir, I thought it was quite appropriate to post some photos we shot last time round to raise some awareness around the lack of sponsorship for our young up and coming athletes and the challenges they face.
The idea or concept was to feature these young athletes and showcase their less than ideal training conditions as a result of lack of sponsorship at grass root level
Hopefully with the amazing performance of our athletes currently it brings about some reform and we start encouraging programs and sponsorships especially in previously disadvantaged areas to help grow our sporting potential in the international arena
Go Team South Africa 🙂
“The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express” – Sr Francis Bacon
For those who know me they’d know I’ve got a fascination with all things old (antique), specially cameras 🙂
So for this shoot I wanted to combine old and new and take the viewer back to an older bygone era with moody lighting and props to suite the theme…
Although Karen made her first ever appearance in front of the camera for this shoot, she played the part perfectly and made for a great shoot altogether adding to the timeless beauty of these images
And cue music from Sir Mixalot…
“Oh, my, god Becky, look at her butt
It is so big, she looks like
One of those rap guys’ girlfriends”
“I like BIG butts and I cannot lie…” 🙂
So recently we were briefed by Brand Cartel to capture some lifestyle images for their client Freddy Jeans
The brief included product shots, fashion, glamour and behind the scenes shots from latest Freddy Jeans range, accessories and Training outfits for an online campaign.
We spent the day on location capturing all shapes and sizes…though life…I know 🙂
These were the results
So last on our featured list of artists but certainly not least, we were fortunate enough to not only see them live but also capture them in action this year was Hunter and the guys from Thieve
Performing to a jam packed audience at the James Phillip Stage Friday night they sure didn’t disappoint and left the crowd begging for more.
This Cape Town outfit sound sure is “Thick as Thieves”or so to speak and offered the eager party animals and dancers a good kick start to their evenings which most probably ended in an early morning stomp at the Red Bull stage…or for me at least it did 😉
So if you weren’t lucky enough to see them live at Oppi you’re in luck as they’ve just launched their new album titled “Extra Ordinary” available at their next launch show near you. So check out their Facebook page for more details and do yourself a favour and grab a copy and support local talent. You know you wanna 😉
So until next year…
In dust we trust
Bye Beneco, are one South African band that often stand out to me as unique and musically creative , they always put on a great show and this year at Oppikoppi was no different. They had the honor of being invited to play on the main stage, and this time shared the stage with them, a team of performing artists called the ‘Grrr Kollective’ which added a really interesting an entertaining theatrical dimension to their performance. All I can say is mind-blown!
Every year Oppikoppi , always manages to bring us a bunch of awesome new bands to check out. ONEDAYSKY was one that I had never seen before but they have a killer live performance.They are a pretty new band and had to replay one of the songs they already had played when the crowd at the Bruilof stage wouldn’t let them leave without an encore.
So after my initial scepticism in having to part ways with our drummer the one and only “Storm Awesome” and see him pursue a band that would grant him his first on stage performance at Oppi. The first of many I’m sure, I was happy to see him spread his proverbial wings and give it horns 😉
And after shooting the okes from Satanic Dagga Orgy Friday afternoon, the move made a lot more sense to say the least…
From heavenly melodies Nun style, to chaotic and fun devil worship (LOL) 🙂
The operative word here being fun and lots of it, the similarities certainly started showing itself. From ridiculous outfits or lack there of, to the demonic dancers they summoned from down below to entertain the avid fans 🙂
There wasn’t a dull moment nor a place for a mouse in front of the James Phillips stage and Loopy and the boys left the crowd begging for more.
If you weren’t lucky enough to catch their performance, check out their latest music video (Don’t Be Kak) on Youtube. Just to give you an idea of exactly what madness they got up to on stage and next time you won’t wanna miss their show! Believe me!
And yes…always remember…
“Don’t be a P$@S, just be lekker…” – Satanic Dagga Orgy
So Oppi’s come and gone this year with the only reminder is the ringing in my ears and the dust that stills remains in every possible orifice imaginable…
And as always the line up and vibe certainly didn’t disappoint drawing crowds in excess of 20,000 people this year alone!
Drawn To Light had the privilege and honour of shooting some of the best local acts both bands and performance artists this year.
The first to feature according to me is one of the most promising acts to come out of the South African music scene the cats from Silva Black.
With only 4 live shows under their belt they’ve secured a spot at Oppi and left the crowds begging for more after their brutal performance on the Skelm Stage
With sounds reminding you of the good old days of Rage Against The Machine and Hed PE they certainly got me jumping!
If you weren’t lucky enough to catch them at Oppi here’s some photos to share the experience, or if you happen to find yourself in Cape Town tonight (9th of August) catch them live tonight at The Assembly opening for Yelawolf.
More images to follow from the other acts and performers we manage to capture later in the week
“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Thank you again to Kerry & Shaun for always playing along with my crazy ideas, you guys rock like that!
And I trust one day you’ll share these memories with little Murray and he’ll know he’s got the coolest parents ever!
Much love friendlies
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In our industry we’re met with so many creative challenges and requirements, however our best work always come from creative environments where we’re encouraged to have fun 🙂
After all…as Tom Ford puts it…”When you are having fun and creating something you love, it shows in the product. I believe you can actually transfer that energy to material things as you’re creating them.”
Our work in this case speaks for itself…